February 17, 2016, 2:00pm - February 17, 2016, 4:00pm
Singletary Center for the Arts
Diversity Lecture and Workshop:
*Present the concept of cultural competency and its guiding principles for implementation.
*Establish the importance for continuously building our skills towards cultu...
The Education Abroad Photo Contest has arrived!
Who is eligible: Any current UK student who studied abroad Fall 2015, Winter 2015-16 or is currently abroad.
How to enter: Submit your entries by emai...
“If one is to partake in meaningful research, I think it imperative to recognize the problem, acknowledge the concerns, and then seek to access solutions,” Dr. Justin ‘Jay’ Miller states when assessed about his prerogative in research. He continues, “Research, to me, is not about simply generating papers. It’s about changing lives.” Dr. Miller seeks to changes the lives of all around him, but his research specifically focuses on foster youth and alumni transitioning to adulthood. . Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work, Dr. Miller spent five years teaching at Spalding University. Currently he serves as the Vice Chair to the Kentucky Board of Social Work- a position he was elected to in 2014. In this role, he aims to prepare social work students for the transition from educational program to regulated profession. Additionally, Dr. Miller serves as the President for the Foster Care Alumni of America – KY, and Chairs both the Jefferson Citizen Review Panel and the Kentucky Children’s Justice Act Taskforce. As a foster care alumni, Dr. Miller recognizes that the needs specific to foster youth and alumni can be best understood by those in these vulnerable populations. That is what led him and his partner in research, Dr. Ming-Yuan Chih, to conceptualize and develop new technologies aimed at assisting youth transitioning from foster care. Drs. Miller and Chih are focused on testing participatory platforms in hopes of more meaningfully integrating technologies into service delivery systems for youth in and from foster care. “We (researchers) continue to research the same issues, in the same ways. We need to reframe the paradigm in which we view traditional problems, and the only way to truly do that is by listening to the youth themselves. In the age of modern technology, it is time we become innovative,” Dr. Miller said, “The youth’s lack of voice has contributed to repeated failure in addressing their needs.” Of course, this work is not without challenges. Participatory research with youth creates dilemmas with ethics concerning informed consent and access viable study participants. However, Dr. Miller continues to emphasize its importance. “Without their insight, it is much more difficult to accurately assess the specific challenges they face,” he said. “You would be amazed at how informed the youth are. We (researchers) do not give them enough credit for their insight.” As he continues to develop these technologies, Dr. Miller uses his research as a vehicle to help this group transition. He finds research to be a byproduct of his curiosity. “We should take the time to listen to foster youth. We should enable them to tell their stories. Researchers can see the beginning and end of a child’s story, but we must allow the youth to tell about what happens in between.” ... See MoreSee Less
The College of Social Work is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Hall of Fame award. The Hall of Fame award is presented annually to graduates of the University of Kentucky's BASW, MSW, or Ph.D. College of Social Work programs who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work, locally, nationally and/or globally. The recipient will be recognized and inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony this coming spring.
Anyone is eligible to nominate an individual and self-nominations are also accepted. To nominate someone for this special honor, please include the following in your nomination packet: 1) Nomination cover sheet 2) Nominee's vita or resume 3) Specific evidence of major contributions to the field of social work 4) Comments on professional reputation 5) A maximum of 3 additional letters of support. (optional)
The College of Social Work Hall of Fame Award is presented annually to graduates of UK’s BASW, MSW, or Ph.D. Programs who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work, locally, na...